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Old 06-29-2015, 07:25 PM   #1
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Hello,

Just to be honest,I do not have a HDT, but we have decided that we need to upgrade our 1 ton that hauls our 40 toy hauler.

I'm looking for actual experiences here.
Some of the people I've met have told me:
"You won't be able to fit that in some parks" (yeah, like my 40' 5er fits in those small parks anyway)
"Parks won't allow you in because it looks like a commercial truck in the front" "Parks don't allow tractor trailers"

Y'all actually own a class 8 hauler, what has been your real world experience?
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Old 06-29-2015, 08:11 PM   #2
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"You won't be able to fit that in some parks" (yeah, like my 40' 5er fits in those small parks anyway)
"Parks won't allow you in because it looks like a commercial truck in the front" "Parks don't allow tractor trailers"
I don't have a truck yet, but even I know that the people telling you that are blowing smoke up your ..um,.... backside. There are even sites dedicated to which campgrounds that are big rig friendly. Just do a search for "big rig rv campgrounds" and google finds 103,000 results.
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:13 AM   #3
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I hear you on the 40' fifth wheel, if anything the hdt is probably easier to get into most sites, plus you get the option of head in parking in some places which can be nice depending on the scenery.

Our experience is most private parks and all state parks you will have no problem being allowed in. Assuming it is a presentable late model unit you will have no problem at any private park. (and no offense to anyone on the forum here) If it is an old patched together looking homebuilt unit you will not be allowed in the snooty expensive parks that cater to the big rig crowd (big rig in rv terms, as in expensive pusher rigs) that have that have standards as to year of mfg, minimum size and/or appearance to get in the gate. But we have no desire to stay in those sort of parks anyway, we're not looking to have cocktails with the snooty people that stay there.

I don't remember who, but there was one poster here that had an issue getting his top of the line hdt truck conversion into a "class A" only park as they defined it as a "class C" since it has a truck cab. And it was probably a nicer rig than 90% of the "class A" rvs in the park.
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Thanks Hot Rod.
I'm trying to separate the personal experiences from the smoke gloom and doom.
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Old 06-30-2015, 01:23 PM   #5
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Just keep in mind that I hear a lot of "You're going to kill somebody" about me pulling doubles (fiver and boat) with my pick-up too. You will be fine with your rig.
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Old 06-30-2015, 01:29 PM   #6
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we just got back from a 3000 plus mile journey - were 42 feet plus our Wrangler toad.

we stayed in the grand canyon (trailer village) - which had great 50A power, sewer & water...no problem fitting in the spaces there & no one even thought about denying us entry for a second.

we also stayed at the Grand Canyon Railroad RV park in Williams Az for a few days - nice park good services & saw a couple of coaches "similar" to ours....mostly M2 chassis but there was 3 dynaquests and a jayco seneca there....we were welcome w/ open arms (or hands out for cash)

we moved on to Rancho Sedona RV a small (tight slots) campground in Sedona - very nice place....again we ran into a Jayco Seneca (M2) and there was even a renegade (M2 chassis) next to us our last couple of days....we got lots of looks (some not brave enough to ask questions.....others i offered to answer questions or talk about our coach too).

again NO problems at any of the places.

We've stayed in some pretty ritzy (acting) places - in Pensacola / Perdido Key, Fort Walton Beach & New Orleans....we almost always get approached by curious pusher owners (some even in multimillion dollar units). We've never had a problem anywhere !

Same goes for State parks in Virginia (on the shenandoah river) or many of the other state parks and beach parks in Texas.
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Fitting in a spot is not really any different than a big class A DP. Many of them are 43-45 ft length. Turning radius has to be considered of course with longer wheelbase. A class 8 tractor to pull a large 5'er makes a lot of sense. To me the added safety factor and (potentially) bigger engine make it a good choice.

I would say that the truck conversions are more likely to have jealous onlookers than a problem in my perspective. I almost always have some "nice rig", "that's cool" or similar compliments when I stop somewhere, even just for fuel. Of course fuel is at truck stops and so the truck drivers like the truck conversion.

While the high end DP are very nice, I can bet that the husband for many of them may secretly long for a T/C when they see them. Funny comment from one guy with a DP, told me he thought his was wimpy in comparison to my T/C.
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agreed - as i tell folks that wonder about driving "such a big truck" that i am NOT afraid to use reverse.

as for the jealous on lookers - we encounter a fair amount of snobs too there "whats that" looks and demeanor says a lot - when we were in sedona we got quite a few that would look and then sneak around the back and look some more....i politely said hello, how are you & did they have any questions....and they'd ignore me and slink off.

for fuel i try to get the cheapest but almost always migrate to Flying J - theyre less hassle - I use the RV Island and get the cash price no matter what card i use (debit or credit)....if i get fuel in the TRUCK island i have to go in and pay w/ CASH to get the CASH price & then i have to go back in & get my change....an absolute PIA IMO.

we get the same comments at the RV island...mostly inquiring minds want to know what our mpg is etc.

At the French Quarter RV resort a guy w/ one of those 1M+ (650Hp) newell pushers came over and had a beer w/ me - was all curious - which i found strange and then said "i always wanted one of those"....i was shocked.
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Thanks to all for the real world answers and experiences.
Now, back to saving for that VNL !
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Old 07-01-2015, 12:09 AM   #10
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Tom while you in particular may be safe with your double rig, the length of your fiver and smallish boat sound reasonable, one of the scariest sights I ever saw on the road was a double rig like that. Picture a shortbed Ram 1500 from the 90's, pulling a trailer bigger than yours, plus a full size pontoon boat behind the fiver, with the nose of the truck pointed at the moon struggling up a very mild grade at 40 mph with the whole thing swaying around like a conga line. Scary. I put that thing in my rearview mirror as quick as I could so I wouldn't be involved in the pile up that was surely coming.
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